First listed on: 12 April 2019

Climate Change Cluster (C3), Faculty of Science


  • Career making role for a highly motivated ECR
  • Work on ground-breaking environmental research projects that will have real world impact
  • Be supported by and mentored by world leading researchers in a newly formed team


At UTS, the concepts of equity and social justice are key to our core and purpose – we are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity. Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, we are now among the first Australian institutions to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for our commitment to action addressing gender equity in the STEMM disciplines. UTS Equal Futures celebrates and supports women in academia through every stage of their career.

The Climate Change Cluster (C3) undertakes integrated and interdisciplinary research at the intersection of the Physical and Life Sciences. The institute produces new insights into problems facing ecosystems around the world, to support the wellbeing of the animals, plants and communities that rely on them. C3’s research therefore, serves to address the biggest environmental and societal issues facing Australia and other countries in a changing climate: food and energy security; sustainability and ecological resilience; and global health.

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Research Associate to support research into algal-based bioremediation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

In this role you will:

  • Co-ordinate and undertake research on the genetic engineering components of an algal-based bioremediation project
  • Supervise a research assistant and potentially postgraduate students
  • Collaborate and interact with researchers in the C3 Algal Biosystems and Biotechnology group
  • Plan and conduct experiments to enhance the breakdown of POPs using GMO microalgae
  • Analyse and interpret data

You will be working in a dynamic PC2 laboratory environment and will combine general technical knowledge with practical capability to deliver effective and timely outcomes.

About you

You have solid communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to plan your work and deliver within established time constraints. You have good problem-solving skills and an ability to work collaboratively within an established team.

You will also have:

  • Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of transgenic modifications and in the use of random mutagenesis
  • Hands-on experience in knockout and knockdown procedures, nuclear gene transformation, targeted gene editing
  • Previous experience working with transgenic organisms (preferentially microalgae)
  • Demonstrated experience with recombinant proteins (preferentially enzymes)
  • PhD in molecular biology, algal genetic or related discipline.

Join a unique team, carrying out interdisciplinary, international and industrial collaborative research led by our industry partners to solve current real world problems.

For the full list of the selection criteria and role responsibilities please download the Position statement below.

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range: $87,816 to $94,263 pa (Level A)

This role attracts 17% superannuation (pension) in addition to the base salary.

UTS staff also benefit from a wide range of Employee Benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.

This position is full-time and appointment will be made on a fixed term basis for 18 months.

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission, in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Answering Selection Criteria

Only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted.  Current UTS employees should apply through their UTS Employee Self Service function.

As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing.

Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC129704.

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.

Closing Date:  Monday 13th May 2019 at 11.59pm (AEST)


At UTS, the concepts of equity and social justice are key to our core and purpose – we are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity through our Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy, Social Impact Framework and UTS Access and Inclusion Plan.

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